Thinking in pictures: and other reports from my life with autism

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
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The captivating subject of Oliver Sack's "Anthropologist on Mars," here is Temple Grandin's personal account of living with autism extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.

Temple Grandin is renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals has her to create systems which are humane and cruel free, setting the highest standards for the industry the treatment and handling of animals. She also happens to be autistic. Here, in Temple Grandin's own words, is the story what it is like to live with autism. Temple is among the few people who have broken through many the neurological impairments associated with autism. Throughout her life, she has developed unique coping strategies, including her famous "squeeze machine, " modeled after seeing the calming effect squeeze chutes on cattle. She describes her pain isolation growing up "different" and her discovery visual symbols to interpret the "ways of the natives" "Thinking In Pictures" also gives information from the frontlines of autism, including treatme medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple's insight into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, etc. Ultimately, it is Temple's unique ability describe the way her visual mind works and how she first made the connection between her impairment and animal temperament that is the basis of extraordinary gift and phenomenal success.

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It's a good basic introduction to some related issues. - Goodreads
Ms. Grandin's prose is very dense. - Goodreads
In it she describes how she thinks in pictures. - Goodreads
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Grandin's autobiography depicts her life as a woman growing up with high-functioning autism and how that affected her, both in childhood and in her eventual career as an animal scientist. Readers will have the opportunity to explore the autism spectrum and come to understand how wide the range of autism spectrum disorders truly is.  

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I loved this book. I had to take breaks while reading this. Ms. Grandin's prose is very dense. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin's work includes design of animal handling systems, research on livestock behavior, and auditing animal welfare. She has visited 26 countries and has served on the OIE animal welfare ad hoc committee for slaughter. Her previous livestock books are: "Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals" and "Humane Livestock Handling". Her popular press books on animal behavior have been both U.S. and international bestsellers. Throughout her career, Dr. Grandin has worked to combine scientific research results with practical application in the field. In the North America half, the cattle are handled in equipment she designed for meat plants. She has received awards for her work on animal welfare from both the livestock industry and animal welfare NGOs. She has awards from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The American Meat Institute, American Society for Animal Science and the Humane Society of the U.S.

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